I Found A Neighborhood Hidden Gem: Gaines Park
Summertime is all about how to keep your kids occupied, still keep your sanity and your money.
I really wanted my children to take classes, but their ages range from 2 to 12 and I don’t have the time or the energy to run them to different places with possibly conflicting times. We decided that swim lessons would be a good start. We swam a little last year and I taught Bee to swim underwater, but nothing too complicated. Plus, she was too scared to go any significant distance. We went through our city’s Park and Recreation and found a class for them all.
Gaines Park is the closest park that offers swim lessons. For only $35 for 8 classes, you can’t beat it. I was excited to go as I was once on the swim team a long time ago. Because they are at different skill levels, each child has a different class, ranging from 5:30 to 7:20.
Swim class is not news.
- You can swim while your kid is swimming
- We practice with the other children while the one is in class.
- At previous places, we had to sit in the hot sun and watch (still an option), but the water feels so much better.
- There’s a baby pool
- Butterfly really likes the baby pool instead of actually swimming. She’s pretty good in her class, she deserves a break. 🙂
- There’s a small splash pad
- The water is a comfortable temperature, I’m guessing between 75 and 80 degrees.
- All of the above is FREE during swim class and only $2 (for adults) and $1 (for under 17) during the day.
I used to hate going to swim classes that I had to watch because of sheer boredom and now that we’re there for almost two hours, I was not looking forward to it.
Now, I sit, play, swim and teach.
Even better, the lifeguards see how I’m teaching my kids to swim and I get a little pat from the lifeguards from the good job that I’m doing.